This is a question that haunts many, because it’s a question that’s both tentative and regretful in nature. It casts our previous decision-making abilities into doubt, and forces us to think through an alternate path in which we do things differently.
Or in other words, a situation wherein things turn out to be… ‘better’.
Alas, however, the fact remains that the past cannot be changed.
The present and future, however, can still be tweaked.
Family of 7YO Girl Who Was Raped & Killed in Toa Payoh in 1995 Wants to Find Killer Who’s Still at Large
It all began nearly 26 years ago.
On 24 June 1995, seven-year-old Lim Shiow Rong told her mother that she was going off to see “papa’s friend”.
She never came back.
Or at least, not in a conscious state.
News reports appear to vary on the manner of her ‘re-appearance’. According to The Straits Times, the little girl’s body was found the next day, in a semi-sitting position in a drain. According to TODAYonline, she was found in some bushes near a sewerage tank.
Both news sources, however, reported that she had been located near Jalan Woodbridge.
Investigations revealed that she had been violated and strangled to death.
The killer was never found – due to a lack of information and evidence.
And despite multiple attempts to pursue the matter, the family was left helpless, guilty and in disarray as the case gradually turned into a cold one.
But the Felicia Teo murder case has reignited hope.
Lest you’re unaware, progress was recently made on the 2007 murder incident, and a 35-year-old man has been charged with murder.
Seeking The Killer
With the revelation in mind, Shiow Rong’s family has re-embarked on their attempt to crack the case…
And this time with the public on their side.
According to Madam Ang’s second daughter, Ms Lim Jia Hui, 27, she wishes to locate her sister’s killer to help her mother find closure.
“My mum lives in guilt,” she told the media on Sunday (10 Jan). “She thinks that she didn’t take care of her daughter enough (and) blames herself.”
Her father, who was in prison at the time of the deceased’s disappearance, also blamed himself.
“After he came out of prison, he changed a lot. He stopped his drug habits and became a good father. He felt very guilty because he thought he did not protect the family,” said Ms Lim.
“I don’t want this to be a regret if I am not able to find my sister’s killer. I have to step up,” she added.
According to The Straits Times, she searched through the National Library archives, retrieved newspaper clippings of the incident and watched the Crimewatch episode depicting her sister’s case.
Ms Lim also reached out to Crime Library Singapore, whose founder had helped her to get in touch with the media.
“By making this case appeal,” he said, “(We hope) to cast the net for information leading to the arrest of the culprits for the police to close this case.”
According to a ST report from 27 June 1995, a piece of paper had been found in Shiow Rong’s waist pouch – which was reportedly left behind at the stall.
The paper was torn from a cigarette box, and displayed a hand-written pager number alongside the Chinese character “di” – which refers to “younger brother”.
Shiow Rong had also written the date “24th June” on her bedroom wall – the day she had reportedly gone missing.
“Maybe people have already forgotten about my sister’s case, but I hope all of you can help me,” Lim said.
“Those who now have some recollections, I appeal to you to please let us or the police know.”
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